Derby’s Labour-led City Council has unveiled a series of key pledges to support its vision for Derby to become a SAFE, STRONG and AMBITIOUS city.
The pledges were developed as part of the planning process and budget setting for the next three years. Although the financial position remains extremely challenging due to Government cuts, the City Council’s Cabinet has drawn up a list of actions that will ensure Derby is a great place to live, work and visit.
In launching the Cabinet Pledges, Ranjit Banwait, Leader of the Council said:
This initiative has been developed as the result of 16 months detailed planning by the Cabinet. We remain determined that, even in these days of Government cut-backs and Austerity budgets, Derby residents deserve more.
We're creating an ambitious and exciting vision for this City. There's still much to be done and only by working together can we achieve it all. However we're confident that the people of Derby will share our vision and be enthusiastic in their support for the plan.
In total, a list of 50 pledges have been prepared by the Cabinet, these include:
We will make Derby the cleanest English city within four years
We will launch a Neighbourhood Charter, which will set standards for streets and parks, and re-emphasise the role of communities in working with us to keep neighbourhoods cleaner. Cuts in street cleaning services are being reversed.
We will create 2,000 jobs and apprenticeships for Derby people by 2019
This will involve working with the local business community to create the conditions for economic growth – through city centre development, the Infinity technology park and international trade links.
We will set up a Derby Energy tariff called ‘Ram Energy’ in 2017 to reduce energy bills for Derby residents
This not-for-profit self-financing scheme will provide Derby householders with a greater choice when searching for cheaper gas and electricity.
We will start building a new swimming pool by the end of 2017
The Council has already committed to borrowing £20m to support the development at Moorways, and a feasibility study is nearing completion.
We will invest in the Assembly Rooms/Debenhams/Duckworth Square sites to increase city centre footfall by 10% by 2025
We have created a City Centre Masterplan to strengthen Derby as a place to shop and visit. By summer 2018, there will be detailed designs for a new performance venue on the Market Place and a comprehensive plan for the redevelopment of Duckworth Square.
We will deliver 500 affordable homes over the next three years for Derby people to rent or buy
The Council will work with partners and support the development of new properties, with the emphasis on affordability (whether for rent or purchase).
All the above pledges have been carefully assessed to ensure they are affordable as the Council continues to face a significant financial challenge. By 2020, it needs to make savings of £28m, over and above the £135m savings already made since 2010 - this is due to rising costs and a massive decline in Government funding. By 2019 the grant to the Council will be much less than half that received in 2010.